I am so excited and honored that my Preening Egret image was chosen to be a part of the Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery's exhibit OPEN CALL 2015, juried by Jeff Curto, Professor Emeritus at College of DuPage. This is my newest addition to the "Delicate Beauty"
collection, and so it is especially sweet to have been selected for the gallery exhibit.
I am joined by current and former midwesterners Amanda Dussault, Uwe Gsedl, Carol Byron, Becky Jane Davis, and Dee Hudson; as well as other photographers from around the world.
The PhotoPlace Gallery is located in Middlebury, Vermont; the exhibit runs from March 10 - April 3, 2015. If you are unable to journey to Vermont, there will be an Exhibition Catalog. For more information about the Gallery and the OPEN CALL 2015 exhibit, click here.
Enough of the cold and snow - it is time to get out of the house for something fun!
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum's exhibit "Let There Be Light" opened today, but the best time to see the exhibit will be Friday night, January 16, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm. That is when the complimentary Artists Reception will be held - plenty of food, drink, entertainment, beaming photographers, and wonderful photographic artwork will be in abundance. Juror Richard Ainsworth will be there to hand out ribbons and talk about his selections.
The photo above is a sneak peak of me checking out the exhibit this morning; shown with entries from my light-painting photography collection, right next to some of my favorite works from photographer friend Tammy Caltagirone. Throughout the two galleries, I was delighted to see entries from many other friends as well, including Al DaValle and Jim Hojnacki; MAPS members Mary Mehl, Diana Chrisman, Tim Rex, and Cora Jacobs; and fellow fotoMuses Noriko Buckles, Anne Frantzen, Janice Henry, and Judy Kinal.
I hope to see you there, Friday night. It is close, it is warm, it will be friendly and fun. The Museum is located at 108 2nd Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Click here for a map and directions.
p.s. When you are there, don't forget to check the Bin for matted/unframed works by the many of the photographers in the exhibit. There are a few of my "Delicate Beauty" pieces, including my newest "Preening Egret."
As you navigate the Holiday Season, be sure to save some time to do some 'fun' things. No pressure, just enjoy. Read on for some exciting events coming up next week.
To give you some background, I recently joined a vibrant and dynamic group of artists who make up the Arts in Bartlett organization. In October, they (we) moved into a larger space, which has an awesome Gallery, studios, and performance space. I am honored to be part of the inaugural art exhibit, which includes drawings, paintings, photography, jewelry, and ceramics from local artists. Several of my pieces from "Delicate Beauty" (formerly known as "Ink on Unryu") are included in this exhibit, as is my canvas print "Victorian Roses." Throughout December, there is a Holiday Boutique, with hand-made ornaments and gift items.
And now, for the Events: The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location will be held at 5:30 on Tuesday, December 9, with open house and tours following. The Village President and other dignitaries will be there to officiate and join in the festivities. Music and food will round out the experience.
If you can't make it to the ribbon cutting, there is an open house on December 11, from 4 - 6, followed by a holiday dinner for members and guests (rsvp required for the dinner).
For more details about the Arts in Bartlett Center, the Gallery and December events, see the online story in the Daily Herald. Arts in Bartlett is located at 215 S. Main Street, which is in Bartlett's Town Center, across the street and south of the Metra Train Station.
If you are unable to make either of the above events and would like to see the Gallery, please let me know. I will be in the Gallery on Wednesday, December 17 from 3 - 7 pm.
Thanks to my brother, Tom, for the photo; taken in November at a family gathering and visit to the gallery.
I am so excited to have been included in the October 2014 issue of The Hand magazine. Per its mission statement, "The Hand Magazine is dedicated to being the world’s premier forum for innovative and experimental uses of reproduction-based media." What makes this special for me is that I love experimenting and hearing about what others are doing. In this issue, I am in good company with my former COD instructor S. Gayle Stevens and fellow student Becky Jane Davis, among many others. Check out the cover page and our images below - of course you would have to purchase the magazine to get the full effect and read the interviews and articles. My favorite is "Intersecting Methods: Science & Print Collaboration" by Matthew McLaughlin.
Earlier this summer, I was selected to participate in an upcoming exhibit at Latitude Chicago featuring Recent BFA Graduates. It is truly an honor to represent the College of DuPage as a recent graduate in this exhibit; and a wonderful opportunity to display one of the pieces from my Ink on Unryu project. This invitation included an introduction to Latitude; the opportunity to experience their high-end digital media lab; and to learn about their opportunities, programs, and events for emerging photographic artists in the Chicagoland area.
The Exhibit is being hung today, and will open for viewing just in time for tomorrow night's Event "Artist's Convo: New Landscapes" featuring Allison Grant and Anastasia Samoylova. What a great opportunity to see this group exhibit, to meet the other artists, and to participate in the Artist Convo discussion. Unfortunately, this is where world's collide for me, meaning I will not be able to attend.
These days, my outside world revolves around 1) my photographic art world, which includes membership in several groups, participation in Art Fairs, solo and group exhibits (my own and others); and 2) my Service work, which means primarily the Roselle Lions, and the Eastern Region of District 1-J to which we belong. So, Wednesday, August 20 represents the collision of those worlds, and the reason that I will miss the Event at Latitude as well as Frank Jackowiak's Pop-Up Show "Illumination" at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at the College of DuPage McAninch Center.
No, this will not be an Art Night or Photography Night for me. This will be a Service Night, the District 1-J Lions Eastern Region Meeting at Elmhurst Hospital; where the Elmhurst Lions will be kicking off a significant fundraiser for the Hospital's proposed Diabetes Outreach Center. For one night, the art world will have to wait.
The College of DuPage Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit closed on Sunday, and I went over there yesterday to pick up my entry. I was very excited to receive an Honorable Mention for this work, titled "Prairie Power: Winter's End." Presented as a 24x36 canvas wrap, this was one of a series that I created for my Color II class last spring, a celebration of the power and endurance of prairie flowers over the harsh midwest winters.
Happily, spring has finally arrived in the Chicago area, and I love seeing the beautiful colors of the tulips, daffodils, and budding trees. At the same time, I miss the stark shapes of bare trees and dried flower remains from the winter.
Congratulations to my fellow students in the Photography program, Charles Loggins III for his 1st place and Gabriela Guganovic for Honorable Mention. I am in good company. For more information on the exhibit, see the blog entry in Silicon & Silver.
The fotoMuses spring 2014 Exhibit "Hopes and Dreams" is now open at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum. For this exhibit, I chose to illustrate a dream sequence of the young Ingenue Laura. "In the Clouds" is the transition from wake-state to her dream, which, like most dreams, includes tidbits of personal fancy and classic stories. The exhibit runs through June 7, with a complimentary Artists Reception on Sunday May 18, 2 - 4 pm.
About a month ago, I received an email from a friend and fellow fotoMuse member Noriko Buckles. She had seen a Call for Entry for the exhibit "2013 Flower Power" to be held at 1650 Gallery in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Noriko knows that I love flowers and said briefly "When I saw this I thought of you. I hope you will consider submitting your work."
I was in the middle of school, focusing on my latest project, and wasn't really paying attention to any contests at the time. But who could resist such encouraging words from a friend? I was experimenting with some new techniques and styles; maybe this would be a good time to test them out in public.
To my surprise and delight, one of my entries, called "Pansies" was accepted. The opening reception is tomorrow night, Saturday, December 14. Unfortunately I will not be there, but I encourage anyone in the LA area to stop by and check out the exhibit. 1650 Gallery is located at 1650 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, California, My pansies are in good company. But don't take my word for it - click on the link above and see for yourself. I would love to hear your comments.
Sometimes things don't go according to plan. but the outcome can still be a pleasant one. I like to call these "happy accidents." These cute little turtles illustrate what can happen when you have an open mind.
My husband accompanied me recently on a visit to the Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington, part of the Cook County Forest Preserve. Able assistant that he is, his job is to carry the tripod, "hold this" and keep an eye out for anything interesting. There were lots of seagulls, ducks, and geese; but no egrets to be found. He was the first to spot the turtles, and I chose these two, who seemed engaged in private conversation.
So, fellow photographers, when you go out on a photo shoot, do you have a specific subject, mood, or setting in mind? Or do you just go exploring, to see what is out there? How often do you find something unexpected that you like, perhaps, even more than your original concept?
I am very excited to be a part of this year's Art in the Barn Juried Fine Art Show. This is the 39th year that Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has held this event. In addition to the fine art, there is great entertainment, food, and children's activities. Bonus: 20% of sales are donated to the Hospital, so in addition to a fun event and great art work, your purchases will assist a worthy cause.
So come on out, browse through the barns and outside tents; and don't forget to stop and say hello. I will be in Tent #19, just outside the north end of the lower barn. As always, I will have a few new pieces, as well as many old favorites. Hope to see you there - this is my final Art Fair of the season.